Messages of love, support for Madiba

2013-06-25 07:22

Pretoria - A collection of pink and red flowers, colourful balloons and an assortment of get-well-soon cards on Tuesday adorned the main entrance of the Pretoria hospital where ailing former president Nelson Mandela was in a critical condition.

Well-wishers have turned the security wall of the Medi-Clinic Heart hospital into a miniature art gallery since the celebrated anti-apartheid icon was admitted at the facility on 8 June.

'Get well soon' cards, mainly handmade in different shapes, eclipsed the hospital's signpost at the entrance on Celliers Street.

One of the messages read: “We love you Tata Mandela. I am still young, I still need to see you. Get better. [From] Tino”.

Another read: “Tata Madiba. I hope you get well very soon. You are the most important person in our country. By His [Jesus'] wounds you were healed”.

"Though the world sees and soon forgets, we will not forget who you are and what you have done for us. We love you Tata,” read a message hand-written on a white sheet.

Screening vehicles

Some of the cards were designed in shapes of hands and hearts. There was also a picture of popular cartoon character Winnie the Pooh.

A bright, brown sculpture of a head was placed next to the assortment of messages, above the Medi-Clinic banner. Some of the flowers were placed in jars of water.

Security at the hospital had been strengthened, with part of Park Street leading to an entrance being cordoned off with fence and police tape.

Shortly before 06:00, several police officers started screening all vehicles entering the hospital.

Despite the biting cold, numerous reporters and technical staff, waited outside the hospital. Some set-up broadcasting equipment.

Several generators for back-up power were running through the night.

Visitors pour in

Numerous Mandela family members, politicians and government officials had been visiting the anti apartheid icon.

Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Madiba's daughter Makaziwe, left the hospital on Monday night.

Sisulu arrived at the hospital just after 18:00 in a black Mercedes with blue flashing police lights. She and Makaziwe Mandela left just before 20:00.

Some of Mandela's relatives left the hospital earlier on Monday.

First seen leaving after a visit was grandson Ndaba Mandela, who arrived shortly after Mandela's ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and daughter Zindzi Mandela-Motlhajwa.

Earlier in the day, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa arrived separately at the hospital.

On Sunday night presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement that Mandela's condition had turned critical.

Addressing the media in a briefing, which was initially scheduled as an off-the-record editors' briefing, on Monday, President Jacob Zuma said Mandela's condition had not changed.

"Mandela remains in a critical condition in hospital and doctors are doing everything possible to ensure his well-being and comfort," Zuma said in Johannesburg.

He and deputy African National Congress president Cyril Ramaphosa visited Mandela at the hospital on Sunday night.

  • Merita Bantom Ground - 2013-06-25 07:36

    Loved by the Nation and beyond.

      procold2 - 2013-06-25 09:37

      correct mercia reporting on evey breath he takes is ridiculous, once a day let news give us a update, i wish they would let him in piece now, we really dont need to know who visists him as all the cockoroaches will now be trying to get in the news and i really dont think thatthe current crop of leaders have any of his ideals left in them.go in piece madiba the world will miss you

  • John Keith Anderson Holland - 2013-06-25 07:37

    Let my hero go! Mandela did more for SA than Mbeki and Zuma together. He did more for SA that any future ANC leader could ever possibly do.

  • Maphuti Lizzy - 2013-06-25 07:45

    We love you Tata Mandela wish you a speedy recovery, may de lord of almighty God be with through all de pains, u r everything to us, get well soon Tata Mandela.

  • Vusumuzi Mngomezulu - 2013-06-25 07:56

    Tata please get well, i need you my family needs you, the entire South Africa needs you. I know you are not immortal and we may be asking for too much of you. my prayer is for you to find peace.

  • KevanFoxcroft - 2013-06-25 08:10

    What I dont understand and maybe a few people here can help , is why do they want an urgent family meeting ? From what I have read , it seems he is on life support, maybe they are getting together to talk about turning off the life support? To me that seems like a possibility, we know showerhead is not able to tell the truth, his "sleeping" seems to be a coma... All I can say is Mandela's current wife , is filled with style and grace. Then you look at showerhead's harem...... Poles apart...

  • Coco Revise - 2013-06-25 08:11

    I cnt send u flowers nor card bt im sending u my Love,we r where we r 2day bcos of u.Get well soon TATA

  • Antony John - 2013-06-25 09:00

    Your long walk is about to bring you TRUE FREEDOM Madiba. Hamba Gahle, you are and always will be a giant amongst men. Thank you for being a true gentleman to all people...

  • Sydney Myzer Mokgotho - 2013-06-25 09:36

    Nelson Mandela long live. I wish my hero to recover from all infections.

  • Bianca-Anne P. Moll - 2013-06-25 11:30

    Tata ... over the last weeks, I have said much but in the end all remains is that I love you and you are my Struggle Hero. I can not bear to think of South Africa without you. I can not bear to think how to live life without you. O Tata, o Tata. How will we overcame this pain.

  • Lebogang Dikobe - 2013-06-25 13:18

    My struggle hero Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela you will always be my hero as a young man I’ve always draw strength from your circumstances and I’ve learnt a lot from you that:- Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires. The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one. For a man to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another. You’re a true struggle idol in a true sense of the word. WISH YOU A SPEEDY RECOVERY Yours truly Lebogang Dikobe

  • Zami Romm - 2013-06-25 13:33

    Madiba, a true hero, icon, leader and inspiration. you have influenced the lives of so many and will continue doing so in the future. You have left your finger print on the nation and we will be better off because of that.We love you and respect you and thank you for everything that you have done towards making a better future for us all. Hope you have a speedy recovery. ( I also left my msg for you at a the msg website for you , the msgs there for you were incredible to read ad underlined to me just how great a man you are)

  • Renee Ganespersad - 2013-06-25 14:29


  • Nkwane Kgosiemang - 2013-06-25 20:42

    Tata we wish u cure to your sickness because re jaang ka wena

  • Rakoshe Bethuel - 2013-06-25 21:18

    Madiba, a true hero, icon, leader and inspiration. you have influenced the lives of so many and will continue doing so in the future. You have left your finger print on the nation and we will be better off because of that.We love you and respect you and thank you for everything that you have done towards making a better future for us all

  • Lwazi Uyanda - 2013-06-26 10:23

    Get we'll tata Madiba

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